Fastnet and JOG campaigns finalised

We have finally managed to finalise the programmes. Much of the delay was due to changes in club race programmes.

See racing page for details.


A Weird Cat


I was in portugal when I stumbled on this beast. with 2 freedom rig masts on one Hull and the accomodation mainly on the other it does look strange. The Hulls are also different shapes. clearly a work in progress if anyone sees it sailing please let me know.



>Mark and Geoff passed their Yachtmaster exams weekend of 21st October and Nic and Candy passed their Day Skipper on 28th October after a week’s sailing in good weather, and despite the forecasts enough wind most of the time. In a very enjoyable course (for me anyway) we included sailing round the South of the Isle of Wight and met up with Vic and Karoline in the Kings Head in Yarmouth.

As co-skipper of Tactix I was at the 3 Peaks yacht Race Dinner to help carry some silverware


International Sunshine

Franz from Munich, Alex from Auckland plus Tim and I from rather closer had a week of sunshine and steady North easterlies for the Day Skipper/ Comp Crew course ending 14th Oct. Everyone passed with flying colours and enjoyed some great sailing; with the wind up to F6 at times we covered 116 miles through the water and more than 130 over the ground. On the last day we hoisted a spinnaker for the run home to Lymington from Cowes. A great week’s sailing with good company and fine weather.

Competent Crew Plus Fire and Rain

Russ, Ali and Rob, journeyed from the frozen North (Aberdeen and Newcastle) for a family Competent Crew course. We had a super week and once I picked up a few words of the language (difficult at first even though I had spent 13 years as a missionary in Yorkshire) we could even enjoy the odd wind up. All 3 took to sailing really well and we encountered Vic, a friend of mine who was instructing for the Met Police Sailing Club, so this led to a couple of very sociable nights in Yarmouth and Cowes. The night sailing was split into two sessions and for the second one we ran across to Studland Bay, anchored and waited for the tide. There was more wind than forecast and we had some water over the top but fortunately Russ stopped most of it getting to the rest of us. On the run back from Studland we hit 10 knots Speed Over Ground coming through Hurst. We also saw a Spitfire and a Tornado plus various men in black training in fast ribs. The team opted for a meal out and Mojacs in Cowes was as good as ever. A cracking week. The race weekend saw a more varied forecast and as we went up to the start a look behind revealed one of the blackest skies I have seen in British waters. Then the Gale warning came over the radio, South or South West F8 imminent, but it was the Solent and only a 25 NM course so we went for it. The thunder rumbled ominously there was some serious rain and the wind blew. Just before our start the wind died completely to give a drifting start with some boats crossing the line backwards. At least they crossed the line, we had thought to come in on a starboard tack and with 5 minutes to go (when the engine must be off) and some wind it would have worked; in the absence of any wind we just drifted past the outer mark. We sailed the course though and encountered torrential rain, variable winds and then more than 30 knots across the deck as we charged down to the finish at 10 knots SOG. Sunday was quiet so those preparing for their Yachtmaster exams had quite a bit of parking practice including sailing onto a Pontoon. The sun shone we opened the hatches and dried out then had a late lunch in glorious sunshine before departing after the last race weekend of the UK season

Caribbean bound

Bookings have started coming in for the Caribbean 600 on Spirit of Juno a Farr 65 that has raced round the world. Main changes from last year when we were first ‘sea school’ yacht home are new sails and slightly lower IRC rating. Official Crew are, Paul Jackson Skipper, Ocean YM plus YMI and ISAF instructor who was helm on Helsal 3 when she won class in Sydney Hobart last year. Fletc–peter Fletcher–over 100,ooo miles including 29 sydney to Hoabrts and having been part of team winning the C600. Karoline George–back for a third time, Fastnets, Sydney Hobarts etc plus Rigger Paul with 2 C600s Fastnets, Volvo Round Irelands, Fastnets and medal winner in this year’s 3 Peaks yacht Race.

Injury Offer–5 days from Sunday evening 9th October–£250 all in

One of our regulars who was booked on the 9th October has broken her wrist and cannot sail. 2 other people who were going to be with her now aren’t sailing so we have a special offer of £250 for RYA Competent Crew or just sailing. The £250 includes all on board food, fuel, marinas, Oilies if you need them, fees etc. we may have a meal or 2 out which are extra but if we do I will still provde on board food for those wishing to eat on board.

New course for Med sailing

RYA course specifically aimed at those wanting to achieve their Day Skipper/ ICC for sailing in the Med. . . . → Read More: New course for Med sailing

Man Overboard, Collision and Tempest

The 6 of us set sail form Lymington in a brisk southerly and headed for Weymouth on the tide. Our timing was aimed at crossing St Albans ledge around slack water and we achieved this but with multiple gusts to 30 knots, which was rather more than forecast, it was a bit lumpy at times.

In Weymouth Alan had to leave for family reasons so it was 5 of us that sailed back to Poole the next day. With F5 from due south we sped along achieving more than 10 knots over the ground at times. Having jibed round Anvil point we headed up to Old Harry and encountered a couple of Cats going fast with crew on Trapeze. The race off Old Harry is not that strong, but it does produce some surface turbulence so perhaps the extra shock loads caused a Trapeze line to break and the crew to go overboard. Normally recovery is quickly affected or a safety boat intervenes. We couldn’t see a safety boat, but we could see that the initial attempts to re-unite crew and Cat were not successful, so we turned and headed back towards them. As we closed and at least 5 minutes after the MOB (he was a good swimmer) the Helm got the Cat back close enough for the crew to grab it, then a safety boat appeared from the distance so we turned and headed North again.

A JOG race finishing in Poole meant we had to use the overflow marina across from the main Marina, just as expensive but more remote and quieter. We watched another yacht arrive and struggle a bit to park in quite benign conditions. We had also heard them repeatedly calling marinas on Channel 16 instead of 80. The next day we watched them cautiously as they left in glorious sunshine and light winds. Our concerns were well founded, but it wasn’t us they hit. We all get it wrong from time to time but attempting to power out of a situation can result in a lot more damage than just having the crew use fenders and hold you in place whilst you sort it out. They didn’t stop and we heard nothing on Channel 80 so I reported it.

The run up to Cowes in sunshine and light Southerlies was uneventful as was the next day’s trip out to the Forts and then back to Yarmouth. With a forecast for heavy squalls we just sailed close to home the final morning and then came in before the Thunder, Lightning and downpours arrived. 124 NM logged.